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PBS stands for “Portable Batch System” and this software is responsible for optimising the job scheduling and mangaging the workload of the cluster. The variety of PBS that we are using is PBS Professional.

This is a standard across major clusters in the HPC community. The NCI National Facility also uses PBS Pro so if you progress to using the large Gadi HPC at NCI you will find its interface familiar.

Detailed manuals for the PBS commands and are also available. Login into the cluster and you will find the PDF versions under /shared/eresearch/pbs_manuals/. Download these to your local directory.


The HPC Status Page is particularly useful to check how busy the HPC is.